Jim Carrey is known for a certain style of acting. That type of acting is not known to be serious or dramatic. That does not mean he has tried.
In 1998, he starred in The Truman Show. Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) thinks that he lives an average life. He is married to Meryl (Laura Linney) and has a successful career in the insurance industry. But what he doesn’t know is that he is the subject of a decades long reality show where everyone else around him are paid actors. When does find out, he does everything in his power to escape the facade that is his life.
I genuinely like this movie. Carrey as Truman is a very honest, believable character. The movie also is an interesting statement on what was then the burgeoning reality TV genre.
Two years later, he tried an aww shucks, Jimmy Stewart type of role in The Majestic. Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey) is writer blacklisted in Hollywood in 1951. He looses his memory in a car accident and ends up in a small town where the denizens that he is believed to be a member of the community that was thought to be missing or dead.
This movie is a throwback to classic Hollywood. It’s simple and sweet, but slightly on the boring side.
If I was to recommend one, I would recommend The Truman Show.